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n Historia - The Archives Act in South Africa and Namibia - a critical comparison

Volume 38, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0018-229X
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Abstract


Die Suid-Afrikaanse Wet op Argiewe 6 van 1962 maak voorsiening vir die berging en beheer van en kontrole oor argiewe in Suid-Afrika. Voorsiening word gemaak vir tydelike en permanente berging in argiewe. Die funksionarisse is : die Argiefkommissie, die Minister van Nasionale Opvoeding en die Direkteur van Argiewe. Die minister het wye magte, onder andere 'n omvangryke regulasiebevoegdheid. Van die grootste tekortkominge van die huidige wet is : die bevoegdhede van die Minister, beperkte toegang en strawwe wat nie verband hou met die ernstigheid van oortredings nie. 'n Vergelyking tussen die Suid-Afrikaanse en Namibiese Argiefwet laat duidelik blyk dat laasgenoemde 'n aantal voordele inhou. Nogtans het dit nie alle probleme voldoende opgelos nie. Daar word aan die hand gedoen dat die huidige Suid-Afrikaanse Argiefwet dringend in heroorweging geneem moet word. Daar moet gestreef word na meer omvattende wetgewing wat ondermeer die minister se bevoegdhede beperk en die argiewe meer toeganklik maak.

The purpose of the South African Archives Act is to provide for the custody, care and control of archives in the Republic of South Africa. Provision is made for temporary and permanent custody of archives. The Act provides for the following functionaries : an Archives Commission, the Minister of National Education and the Director of Archives. The minister had extensive powers, i.a. in the making of regulations. Some of the major deficiencies of the current act are : the control and other powers of the Minister, limited access to the archives and extremely low penalties for offences. A comparison between the South African and Namibian Archives Act reveals some clear advantages of the Namibian Act. The Namibian Act has, however, not solved all problems. In conclusion it is be recommended that current South African legislation needs urgent reconsideration, with a view on the introduction of a new comprehensive act that would meet the needs of our time. Such legislation would amongst others provide for the limitation of regulatory powers of the minister and easier access to archives.

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